Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

LAIR OF DREAMS by Libba Bray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"How will readers stand the wait? (Historical/paranormal thriller. 14 & up)"
Evie O'Neill, a young psychic fresh from a horrific experience with a serial killer in 1920s New York City, returns in this sequel to The Diviners (2012). Read full book review >
RADIANCE by Catherynne M. Valente
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A heady, strange, and beautifully written novel about how stories give form to worlds."
Valente imagines an alternate solar system and sends her heroine, a filmmaker, to Venus, where she disappears. Read full book review >

NIGHTWISE by R.S. Belcher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Another fine effort from Belcher, ripped from a dark, dark place."
Belcher takes a break from occult Westerns (Shotgun Arcana, 2014, etc.) with this blood-soaked contemporary urban fantasy featuring a gray-hat protagonist cut from the mold of John Constantine and Sandman Slim.Read full book review >
CHASING THE PHOENIX by Michael Swanwick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Swanwick's approaching top form, and this one's just too good to miss."
A new entry in Swanwick's picaresque post-apocalyptic series, following Dancing with Bears (2011) and various short stories.Read full book review >
THE END OF ALL THINGS by John Scalzi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Delightful, compulsively readable, and even somewhat nutritious brain candy."
In the sixth Old Man's War novel, a direct sequel to The Human Division (2013), human and alien governments on the brink of war must foil the secret cabal that pushed them there.Read full book review >

THE DARK FOREST by Cixin Liu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Once again, a highly impressive must-read."
Second part of an alien-contact trilogy (The Three-Body Problem, 2014) from China's most celebrated science-fiction author.Read full book review >
THREE MOMENTS OF AN EXPLOSION by China Miéville
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bradbury meets Borges, with Lovecraft gibbering tumultuously just out of hearing."
Horror, noir, fantasy, politics, and poetry swirl into combinations as satisfying intellectually as they are emotionally. Read full book review >
SISTERS OF THE REVOLUTION by Ann VanderMeer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A necessary, well-curated anthology that shows the singular political power of speculative fiction."
The feminist superstars of science fiction, fantasy, and horror dismantle and reassemble gender's many implications and iterations in the newest anthology edited by the VanderMeers (The Time Traveler's Almanac, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
DARK ORBIT by Carolyn Ives Gilman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015

"A thoroughly engrossing story with a fast-paced plot, memorable characters, and big ideas, this book is science fiction at its very best."
A gripping story in which travelers to a distant world grapple with new people, new ideas, and ancient obsessions. Read full book review >
FOULSHAM by Edward Carey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels. (Horror. 11 & up)"
The middle volume of the Iremonger trilogy escalates in both suspense and strangeness. Read full book review >
AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"A compelling (if depressing) argument against those who still dream of an interstellar manifest destiny."
Robinson's latest well-researched novel exposes the fundamental flaws in one of science fiction's most beloved tropes: the multigenerational space ark traveling at sub-light speed to colonize a planet around a distant star. Read full book review >
THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >